Epilepsy Grants

Epilepsy is the most common veterinary neurologic disease in purebred and mixed-breed dogs. Epilepsy is also a disease where animal and human health concerns intersect as canine epilepsy has been shown to offer a highly suitable model for human epilepsy, offering a On Health approach to addressing the health needs of dogs and their people.  These disorders have a wide range of severities, precipitating causes, comorbidities, and treatment outcomes. As such, epilepsy is of major concern to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and has prompted the establishment of an Epilepsy Research Initiative to uniquely address this disease.

Learn about our Epilepsy Research Initiative!

Active Grants:

 02566 Genetics of Idiopathic Epilepsy in Labrador Retrievers
 02561 Is Gut Dysbiosis Associated with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy?
 02323 Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy
 02252 Investigating a Ketogenic Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Supplement for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy and Its Behavioral Comorbidities

Previously Awarded Grants:

 02257 Identification of Genetic Risk Factors for Canine Epilepsy
 02249-A Studying the Role of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Canine Epilepsy
 2248 Identification of a Novel Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Gene and Its Underlying Disease Mechanism
 02131 Neurostimulation: A Groundbreaking New Treatment for Canine Epilepsy
 2133 Canine Epilepsy: Genetic Variants, Biomarkers, and New Therapies
 1615 Identifying the Genetic Cause of Epilepsy
 01896-A A Pilot Study: Establishing the Role of Melatonin in the Occurrence of Seizures in Dogs
 1425 Identification of Epilepsy-Causing Mutations from the Associated Loci by Next-Generation Resequencing
 224 Characterizing Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Poodle, Giant Schnauzer, English Mastiff: An Assessment of Inheritance
 2614 Refining the Genetic Linkage For Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Sheepdog
 2104 Defining Inheritance of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Mastiff, Poodle and Giant Schnauzer
 2015 Development of a Genetic Marker for Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Sheepdog
 1613 Development of a Genetic Marker for Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Sheepdog
 1407 Idiopathic Epilepsy in Poodles: Determining Mode(s) of Inheritance

The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds research in 23 different Research Program Areas for the health of all dogs. These program areas enable the Foundation to create depth in our research portfolio and help us to be responsive to the health concerns of our constituents.

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